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Message started by RandyP on Jan 20th, 2013 at 11:12am

Title: Respirators--do they work for turning?
Post by RandyP on Jan 20th, 2013 at 11:12am
Have any of you ever used the 3M dust mask/respirator for turning (see attachment)?  Do they work to reduce fogging better than the plain old paper masks?  What about forward visibility?  Can you use them while wearing a flip-down face shield?

I'm thinking about getting one, but thought I'd see if any club members had already been down this road.  I checked with Craft Supplies, but their ventilated/sealed/motorized version was a little beyond my budget ($519!  :'().
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Title: Re: Respirators--do they work for turning?
Post by Richard G on Jan 20th, 2013 at 1:06pm
Randy, I have not used one for wood turning, but have used one like that under my welding hood. Yes, they are better than a standard paper mask, the Will fog your glasses up, but not nearly as bad as the paper mask. Also, not at all unless your shop is Really cold. (our welding shop was unheated so we were wearing them in sub 0 temps.
I also know of an used (older) Trend air shield that is available for I think $250. I Love my Trend hood.
The filter you are looking it is a good one until you can get a Trend though.

Title: Re: Respirators--do they work for turning?
Post by Richard G on Jan 20th, 2013 at 1:06pm
Randy, I have not used one for wood turning, but have used one like that under my welding hood. Yes, they are better than a standard paper mask, the Will fog your glasses up, but not nearly as bad as the paper mask. Also, not at all unless your shop is Really cold. (our welding shop was unheated so we were wearing them in sub 0 temps.
I also know of an used (older) Trend air shield that is available for I think 250. I Love my Trend hood.
The filter you are looking it is a good one until you can get a Trend though.

Title: Re: Respirators--do they work for turning?
Post by Richard G on Jan 20th, 2013 at 1:07pm
Randy, I have not used one for wood turning, but have used one like that under my welding hood. Yes, they are better than a standard paper mask, the Will fog your glasses up, but not nearly as bad as the paper mask. Also, not at all unless your shop is Really cold. our welding shop was unheated so we were wearing them in sub 0 temps.
I also know of an used (older) Trend air shield that is available for I think 250. I Love my Trend hood.
The filter you are looking it is a good one until you can get a Trend though.

Title: Re: Respirators--do they work for turning?
Post by GWT Administrator on Jan 20th, 2013 at 5:10pm
Randy I use one of these under face shield. I need it when turning coco bolo, also use latex gloves as I have an allergic reaction to this particular wood. Masking up  anytime is always a safe bet.


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Title: Re: Respirators--do they work for turning?
Post by RandyP on Jan 23rd, 2013 at 9:46pm
Thanks for the replies and insights.  I'll take a look at those LeeValley masks--seems like a good compromise.

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